Compare Meat Prices Chop Grocery Bills

Meat prices can eat up the lion's share of your grocery budget, about 30% in fact. This is a lot, so what can you do? Comparing prices on meat our main entree, is becoming more important as we more closely monitor our budgets.

After taking what you need from this page, come back to a few of the links like "Roasts, Prime Rib and Beef. They will give you more "How To" tidbits not only to help you save but better understand beef in general. 

Buy on the cheap USDA Choice grade:

The information on this page and the three above will cut down your learning curve on meat prices and add handsomely to your piggy bank.

Costco & Sam's Club Are they Cheap?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record allow me to bring up warehouse pricing again. Except for a handful of typically non-food items like medications, gas, paper towels and these (Click Sam's or Costco to see list of their best buys) others, well Costco and Sam's Club are not smart grocery buys.

At all, period. How do we know this?

We realized this after tracking 800 grocery prices every week for years, by hand. We were amazed, paying a membership fee shouldn't everything be cheaper? Wrong, wrong, all day long! 

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You see they sell in bulk and I would venture to say most of you simply do not have the time to compare ounces, pounds, counts, each, sq. ft. ect on hundreds of groceries and sundries.

Yet that is exactly what we do people. Warehouse grocers have you believing that because your buying in large sizes it's cheaper. It's not, it's not, and it's not. No one knows it better than us.

We have reams and reams of computer pages for years to stand by what we're saying especially on meat prices.

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Suck Up Savings With A Vacuum Sealer

Vacuum sealers really are the best ways to store long term anything! I have the VacMaster VP112 and love, love, love using it. The bags are 80% cheaper than cheaper vacuum sealers. While the VacMaster will cost you a bit to purchase, the cost of baggies their freezable and boilable bags pays off ten fold, time and again.

That is what this site and you are about anyway smart frugal decisions. What I like best for dinner is grabbing a bag out of the freezer of meatloaf, spaghetti or soup, toss it in a pot of water and set on low heat. Your dinner comes out moist, hot and as good as if it was fresh. My large boiling post now has a permanent home on the stove.

Look at the above price difference and you be the judge. Sam's Club is $1.21 per pound more expensive, and yes they had the same or very close lean to fat ratio. 

Therefore if you only shop at Sam's you would pay $12.10 more on one 10lb stock-up purchase. Bleeding cash like that adds up quickly, and half the time we don't even know it. We don't know it because if we did we would do something about it. No, we are at the mercy of supermarkets just like we are at the mercy of oil company's for their gasoline.  

Grocery price transparency for people just like you and yours is our #1 goal. This is why we begun the weekly grocery list of the cheapest grocery buys. 

Put this in the back of your mind, when buying meat or any food buy, we present a radically new way to shop. To view grocery shopping just a little different than how your parents might have bought. We will try and mention this more throughout the web site. Once we go nation wide we will explain even more. 

Best Meat Prices In Town?

Do you know who always has the best prices on meat? It is the supermarket or grocer who has the lowest price on your favorite cut of beef that week. That's who but how can one keep track 20 grocery flyers and 10 supermarket web sites each week?

Spending some time here with us you will learn to master the Art of Grocery Savings. About 85% percent of the time Sam's and Costco were more expensive than the weeks best supermarket sale. That's a lot of money you could be saving.

The average family will spend approximately $50 per week on meat and fish, and this amount definitely does not include USDA prime or even choice rib eye steak or black tiger shrimp. 

Proper storage is also key to saving on the grocery bill of meat and groceries. See the national average retail prices for beef, pork, poultry cuts, eggs, and dairy products. If you have a preference for fresh crab and juicy prime rib, then you are probably parting with quite a bit more of your hard earned cash.

If you're tired of spending too much and getting too little, we're here to help with tips and tools to ensure you have cash left over every time you leave the store. Read on!

Wow the below steaks just look awesome 'eh? Well marbled and red USDA Choice rib eye steaks and roast.

Yep, by looking for sales and comparing meat prices, you can lower your grocery bill significantly and keep more money in your pocket.

Nope, you don't have to give up the food you love. At least not entirely  but there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you get your meat products at the best price possible.

Look For Sales on Meat

You don't have to stop eating steak and shrimp. You just have to make sure that you don't pay full price for these and other great meats.

Watch grocery store flyers and stock up when you see a sale. But remember that one store's sale price can be another store's everyday price, so compare the supermarkets in your area to make sure that you really are getting a good deal.

In fact, we took the work out of that for you by creating a grocery cost comparison guide that includes the lowest meat prices available in your area.

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that some meats are less expensive during certain times of year. For example, turkey typically goes on sale right after Christmas.

Ham which lasts a good long while is often cheaper after Easter because stores are trying to clear out their overstocked holiday inventory.

Mix It Up, Your Cuts Of Meat That Is

Each week, add a few cheaper cuts of meat in with the more costly ones. Chicken legs can be a third the price of chicken breasts, and buying a whole chicken is more reasonable than the sum of its individual parts!

There are some very tasty recipes that use ground beef, and when compared to the higher price of that 8 ounce T-bone or those baby back ribs.

The $3.00 per pound savings can really help slash those high grocery bills. 

Plus, you can still satisfy your steak or burger cravings by seasoning, marinating or tenderizing the less costly options. With a little bit of time and patience, you can convince a lowly top sirloin that it is a high-end porterhouse!

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Buy Family Size Packs

Part of finding the lowest price possible is comparing the cost of regular and “family” or “value” packs.

Buying in larger quantities is often less expensive. In fact, a family pack can be up to $1.00 per pound cheaper than its smaller counterparts. That one dollar adds up quick in savings when your talking 10lbs for a BBQ. Divide these packs into meal-sized portions before freezing and enjoy the savings for three – or even four  – meals.

Regular Prices VS Reduced Buys

As meat approaches its “best before” date, many grocery stores will mark down prices up to 50 percent. This is a great way to save money, especially if you are going to eat the meat right away or put it in the freezer. Grocers put these meats with reduced prices out by about 9:00 AM daily.

BONUS: You might even be able to find some of those more expensive cuts for a very reasonable cost. If you compare food prices especially meat prices regularly. 

Roll Up Your Sleeves!

Did you know that you pay a lot of money to have someone skin and de-bone your meat? If you want to lower your grocery bill, count the cost and decide if this is a service that is really worth the expense. Some grocers will do it for free if you ask nicely.

Although prices vary between areas, the average price of chicken breasts with the skin and bone is about $2/lb.

This increases to $3.50 per pound for skinless and $4.00 or more per pound for skinless and boneless in some areas. For the few minutes it takes to skin and or de-bone the meat yourself, the savings are definitely worth the time.

Lowering Grocery
Expenses Really Pays Off

Meat prices will vary greatly depending on such things as the cut, preparation, weight or package size, and weekly sales.

By checking local flyers and comparing prices per pound, you can lower your grocery bill and start working on saving a little money toward that dream vacation, new large screen television, or even a night out on the town.

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